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'''William Wilkie Collins''' (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His best-known works are ''The Woman in White (novel)|The Woman in White'' (1859), ''No Name (novel)|No Name'' (1862), ''Armadale (novel)|Armadale'' (1866) and ''The Moonstone'' (1868). The last is considered the first modern English detective novel. Born into the family of painter William Collins (painter)|William Collins in London, he lived with his family in Italy and France as a child and learned French language|French and Italian language|Italian. He worked as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel, ''Antonina,'' was published in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend, mentor and collaborator. Some of Collins's works were first published in Dickens' journals ''All the Year Round'' and ''Household Words'' and the two...
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1824|1|8}}
Birth placeMarylebone, London
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1889|9|23|1824|1|8}}
Death placeLondon
Period1840s–1880s
GenreFiction, drama
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SignatureWilkie Collins Signature.jpg
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